May 20th, 2012

Ночь музеев

К нам на улицу приехал музей строительной техники. Демонстрируют действующие экспонаты в работе. Начали вечером и сейчас ещё продолжают. Очень удобно: не надо никуда ходить. Сиди дома и наслаждайся. Да, и денег не берут. 

How to write English

How to write English : a practical treatise on English composition

By A. Arthur Reads.

Author of "The Literarv Ladder," and Teacher of English Composition at the Young Men's Christian Association, Manchester.

second edition

London, 1882


The first need of a writer is to have something to say, some thought which calls for expression, some information to give, some knowledge to impart. To this end he should read, think, and observe. He should follow the example of the best writers, and theirs only. Thus let him lay in his stores [делать запас чего-л.]. Pliny read nothing without making extracts. Bentley, who died in 1742, whom Macaulay declares to have been the greatest scholar that had appeared since the revival of learning, seeing his son reading a novel, asked, " What is the use of reading a book you cannot quote ?" Professor Blackie advises students to interleave some books, and make indexes to others, so as to tabulate their knowledge for apt and ready reference. A common-place book [a notebook in which quotations, poems, remarks, etc., that catch the owner's attention are entered] and an Index Rerum should be in the possession of every student. In the former he should enter his thoughts as they arise. Thoughts are fleeting ; unless they are at once recorded they leave us, seldom to return. Before Dr. Johnson commenced his " Rambler," he had collected in a common-place book a variety of hints for essays on different subjects.

the tree of life

                                            the tree of life
Was withheld from us by my father's folly.
While that of knowledge, by my mother's haste,
Was pluck'd too soon ; and all the fruit is death !

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Before sitting down to write, the student would do well to compose in his own mind, instead of composing as he writes. Writing becomes a dreary task when the writer has to wait for thoughts. Of that genial essayist, Charles Lamb, it is said that he never sat at his desk to think. This was the work of his, apparently, purposeless strolls in the Strand, Fleet Street, or the Hertfordshire meadows ; for walking was the only recreation he allowed himself. To an enquiry as to when Scott did his thinking, the great novelist replied : " Oh, I lie simmering over things for an hour or so before I get up, and there's the time I am dressing to overhaul my half-sleeping, half-waking projet de chapitre, and when I put paper before me, it is commonly run off pretty easily."

A compendious way of Teaching antient and modern languages

A compendious way of Teaching antient and modern languages,

Formerly practised by the Learned TANAQUIL FABER,

And now, with little Alteration, successfully executed in London.

With Observations on the same SUBJECT, by several eminent Men, viz. Roger Ascham, Richard Carew, Mr. Milton, Mr, Locke, etc.

WITH An Account of the Education of the Dauphine, and of his Sons, the Dukes of Burgundy, Anjou, and Berry : And the Marchioness of Lambert's Letter to her Son.


An Essay on Rational Grammar.

To which are now added Proposals for a new Method of Domestick Education.


The original Letter of Cardinal Woolsey, to the Masters of his School at Ipswich ; with an English Translation.

The Fourth Edition, very much enlarged.

By J. T. Philipps, Historiographer to his Majesty, and formerly Preceptor to his Royal Highness Prince William, Duke of Cumberland.

LONDON. Printed for W. MEADOWS, at the Angel in Cornhill. MDCCL.

As touching the Latin Tongue, this has been my Method : I writ him out a great Number of Nouns, Pronouns, Verbs, Prepositions, and a great many Adverbs, with their respective Significations ; and I’ll let you know presently with what View I did it. I made Use of very large Paper; neatly bound in a Quarto Book, for this Purpose : For I am of Opinion, that the Imagination and Memory of Children are very much relieved, when the Schemes of Declensions, and Conjugations are written or printed on large Paper, and with great and fair Characters.

One Day To Live

One Day To Live

Mandarin Chinese Joke





Praises have a mighty Influence on the Minds of Children

I MUST, besides, make this Remark by the By, that Commendation and Praises have a mighty Influence on the Minds of Children, and make them run on cheerfully in the roughest Paths of Grammatical Difficulties : And no Wonder ; for Dogs, Horses and Elephants, will serve us more willingly when clap'd [похлопать (в знак одобрения)] and encouraged with fair Words.

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I may set this in a clear Light, pray, Sir, do but consider, that there are but three Degrees in any Languages ; the first, is to understand ; the second, to express the Sentiments of our Minds intelligibly to others ; and the third, to write it elegantly.

Adverbs and Numbers

Besides, if the Adverbs and Numbers are not committed to Memory at first, you’ll be always obliged to have recourse to your Dictionary ; because these little Words occur every Moment, and, consequently, will be a great Loss of Time. I took care likewise to draw a little Scheme of the Prepositions, with their most useful Significations, and the Cafes govern'd by them respectively. The rest is to be learned by Observation and daily Practice ;

the serpent

Oh, God ! who loving, making, blessing all,
Yet didst permit the serpent to creep in, 
And drive my father forth from Paradise,
Keep us from further evil : Hail ! all hail !

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                                the tree of life
Was withheld from us by my father's folly.
While that of knowledge, by my mother's haste,
Was pluck'd too soon ; and all the fruit is death !